Assistant Professor, Geographic Information Science

Colorado, Denver, USA
Oct 02, 2017
University of
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Denver is located in the dynamic Colorado Front Range urban corridor and the wider Rocky Mountain region, which offers a high quality of life, an extensive teaching laboratory, and numerous research opportunities. Colorado has over 30 federally funded science research centers, including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR). We are a consortium member of the Rocky Mountain Research Data Center (RMRDC), allowing access to nonpublic federal data for research in the spatial, environmental, and health sciences, as well as in economics and demography. The region also boasts a strong tech industry, including several geospatial companies such as ESRI and Digital Globe. Our department maintains working relationships with these local industries, providing faculty with research collaborations and many student internship opportunities.

The Department of Geography & the Environment has sixteen faculty members and offers a PhD in geography, MA and MS degrees in geography and geographic information science, including an online MS-GIS program, and undergraduate degrees in geography and environmental science. The Department is equipped with high-quality teaching, research, and computer laboratories, including a full suite of geographic information systems and remote sensing hardware and software. In all areas of teaching, research scholarship, and service, the department is committed to the University's vision of being a great private university dedicated to the public good. Additional information on Departmental programs can be found at

Position Summary

The Department of Geography & the Environment at the University of Denver invites applications for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position with research and teaching interests in Geographic Information Science. We especially encourage applicants with research specialization in big data analytics and an ability to contribute new courses in advanced spatial analysis, WebGIS, or new applications in GIS. Research application domains from across the range of the geography discipline are welcome, including: cities, transportation, environmental dynamics, sustainability, and social-cultural geographies. This is a new position in support of our growing graduate and undergraduate programs, and the expanding opportunities for vibrant and cutting-edge research in GIScience. The start date is September 1, 2018.

Essential Functions

  • Teach introductory-level GIS and statistics courses in support of the undergraduate geography and environmental science programs.
  • Advise MA, MS, and Ph.D. students and supervise undergraduate research projects.
  • Pursue external funding in support of an active research program.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Geography or closely-related field at time of appointment.
  • Evidence of developing an active research program with the potential for external funding through publications and conference presentations.
  • Evidence of knowledge of and/or experience with teaching methods to engage diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research specialization within big data analytics that concentrates on one or more of the following areas: cyber-infrastructure, distributed sensor networks, including environmental, social networks or spatial statistics.
  • Experience in teaching introductory university-level GIS, geography, or environmental science courses.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. For questions about the position, please contact Eric Boschmann at Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2017. Position will remain open until filled.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter - Please include how you will advance building a diverse and inclusive educational environment through your research, teaching, and/or service.

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Statement of research interests

  4. Statement of teaching philosophy

  5. Evidence of teaching quality

  6. Names of three (3) references

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.